Gowanus Mutant Kommandos: Mutant Reich 7"
GMK is the brainchild of infamous NYC punk figure Weird Luke. First time I saw them two years ago, I thought they were the worst band ever. Fast forward to now, the band has self-released one of my favorite punk records of the year. Taking crazy influences from all over the pop music spectrum (Warren Zevon, Plasmatics, Cyndi Lauper, etc) and mixing it with the Toxic State modern NYC hardcore punk sound, GMK will annoy their way into your hearts and minds. Limited to 300 copies.Our take: Debut 7" from this NYC band fronted by Weird Luke, a singular character on the NYC scene who many outside the city know as the guy who makes those awesome action figures for bands like Crazy Spirit, Sad Boys, etc. I honestly had no idea what to expect from this band, but this 7" really floors me! Production-wise it has a lot in common with the Toxic State set, which is unsurprising... in other words, it's pretty raw and definitely v. punk. However, GMK set themselves apart with a totally different vibe than the other NYC bands. In a word, this is fun... the riffs are simple and fun, but the record is full of weird lead guitar that is definitely catchy and memorable, but also frequently out of tune and incredibly sloppy. It sounds like you're totally wasted, it's nearing 2AM, you're watching what may be the best or the worst band you've ever seen in your life, and you're trying to squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of the moment. Highly recommended.